International Urogynecology Journal

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 85–88 | Cite as

Does antenatal pelvic floor muscle training affect the outcome of labour? A randomised controlled trial

  • Wael Agur
  • Pippin Steggles
  • Malcolm Waterfield
  • Robert Freeman
Original Article


It is thought that antenatal pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT) might produce a strong pelvic floor resulting in prolonged labour, whilst some believe it produces well-controlled muscles that facilitate rotation of the foetal head and shortens the duration of labour. This secondary analysis (of a previously published randomised controlled trial) assesses the labour and delivery details of 268 primigravidae who were originally randomised at approximately 20 weeks gestation to supervised PFMT or a control group. Between the two groups, there was no difference in the duration of the second stage of labour or in the need for instrumental delivery. PFMT does not appear to facilitate or obstruct labour.


Pelvic floor Training PFMT Labour Delivery 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wael Agur
    • 1
  • Pippin Steggles
    • 1
  • Malcolm Waterfield
    • 2
  • Robert Freeman
    • 1
  1. 1.Urogynaecology Research UnitDerriford HospitalPlymouthUK
  2. 2.The Peninsula Medical SchoolPlymouthUK

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